Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sensorial Material

Sensorial activities are aimed at helping the child refine each of the senses - tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory. Sensorial Materials, like many other materials in the Montessori classroom, have what is called a "control of error." This means that the child will work with the material, but will have a way for them to check their own work rather than seeking out the teacher. This is done to help promote independence on the part of the child.
Ronak is working with the Pink tower - a series of ten pink wooden cubes graded in size from one cubic centimeter to 1,000 cubic centimeters, helping him understand dimensions.

Madhur is working with the Cylinder Blocks - wooden blocks that contain 10 cylinders of various dimensions that can be removed by a knobbed handle. The purpose of the cylinder blocks are to provide various size dimensions so the child can distinguish between large and small, tall and short, thick and thin, or a combination of the two.

Nithya is working with Tasting bottles. She is trying to distingish one taste from the other & pair similar tastes together.

Anushka is working with Secondary colour tablets & is pairing similar colours together.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Rang Barse

It was all about colours in Feb. All children dressed up in a specific colour everyday & brought along things of that colour for "Show & Tell". Initially, we saw only the older children come centerstage & talk but by the 2nd week, almost all children had the confidence to do it. What was remarkable was that as soon as they would walk in through the door, they were ready to show their friends what they brought that day!

Our month of colours culminated with the grandest festival of colours Holi !
Take a look at children having a blast at our Holi celebrations -

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dress up as a community helper

Our children dressed up as community helpers of their choice. Meet the fireman & soldier -

You can view all our little community helpers here -

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Community Helpers Contd...

We had a few more community helpers visiting the school this month - sweeper, security guard & a tailor. Here's a glimpse -

A security guard with his danda & whistle...

Tailor aunty took our measurements, cut the cloth, showed us how the sewing machine worked & stiched up a dress.

I am eagerly waiting for 27th Jan when all our kids will dress up as their favourite community helper!

Field Trip to the Post Office

We took our children to the Post Office. A special word of thanks to our parent volunteers - Varsha, Geeta & Bhavna for helping us out.
Children met the postman & saw him stamping his letters -

They also posted the letters that they had bought along -

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Community Helpers

This month, we have been talking about people & their professions like a postman, tailor, carpenter, plumber etc. Montessori believes in hands-on learning rather than picture talk. Hence, we have arranged for some of these community helpers to come to our school & show the children their tools.
Carpenter cutting wood with a saw -
& answering children's queries -

Plumber with his tools -
with the mother toddler group -
A visit to the Post office is next on the cards .Keep watching this space for more!